NOAA Fisheries issued a warning to New Jersey fishermen a few years ago warning them that they'd better learn how to fish for red drum as climate change would be sending southern species further to the north. There was no indication in the NOAA Fisheries prediction that the fisheries scientists there are aware that the Central Jersey Shore was the place to be for red drum anglers a century ago -- and that their reappearance would only be a return to the norm of a hundred years ago.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar experienced that today, despite it turning out to be a nice day at sea, there were hardly any bites where they had found a decent pick Wednesday. Just as last February, the Ocean Explorer will be following the blackfish offshore and to the south where they concluded the season with the largest tog to win the seasonal big pool.
Stripers Forever, the free internet organization fighting for striped bass game fish status all along the Atlantic Coast, sent the following notice about their fundraising auction 2017 Annual Fundraiser Auction Alert NEWS ALERT From the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate fishing managers are considering liberalizing rules for commercial and recreational fishing of striped bass along the East Coast. AUCTION ENDS Saturday, February 18, 2017 9PM EST STRIPERS FOREVER, A NON-PROFIT CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION, SEEKS GAME FISH STATUS FOR WILD STRIPED BASS ON THE ATLANTIC COAST IN ORDER TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE STRIPER MORTALITY, TO PROVIDE OPTIMUM AND SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC FISHING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ANGLERS, TO SECURE THE GREATEST SOCIO-ECONOMIC VALUE POSSIBLE FROM THE FISHERY AND TO ADVOCATE FOR THE CONSERVATION AND RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF WILD STRIPED BASS FROM MAINE TO NORTH CAROLINA.